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Everything posted by SMS2017

  1. I adore Betty Garrett and one reason is because she's more like me; not a raving beauty, not a terrific singer, but an enthusiastic person who has a lot of joie de vivre. She is a bright light in every film she's done and one of my favorites. Sure her voice is not on the level of Kathryn Grayson but it's clearly HER voice we hear in On The Town and Take Me Out to the Ball game.
  2. I thought I was the only person who didn't care much for L. Rainer's (sp?) performance in The Great Zeigfeld. Her eye movements are distracting and she rather talk-sings through her cutesy performance too. I would love to see footage, if it exists, of the real Anna Held and compare the two. A HA...the New York Times agrees with me at least somewhat: https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/packages/html/movies/bestpictures/ziegfeld-re.html
  3. I was so anxious to take the quiz that after catching up finally I took it and got an 80. Then I do what I always do and focus on what I got wrong, redid it, and got 100. The key is reading ALL the lecture notes, listening to all the videos, and really thinking about the class material when you have a chance in between the rest of your life and this class. I hadn't listened to the Podcast yet and still did well (I did not have any technical issues with the test). Life is in the details and I like learning about Binnie Barnes, Sol Polito, and the editor of The Wizard of Oz was a WOMAN? WOW!
  4. I can't even begin to guess how many times I've watched and listened to The Cell Block Tango from the film Chicago. The six parts, the six dancers, the six stories, the creative use of the red ribbons, the increasing intensity of the song, all combine to make a mini-movie, at least for me. The Russian (I think it's Russian she's speaking, perhaps Polish) section entirely in a foreign language except for the two English words, "not guilty" is SO creative. When I saw the film for the first time, at the movies, I had never seen the stage musical and wasn't all that familiar with the story. When I
  5. The 39 Steps has shot to the top of my list and I can't wait to see it again. So many details that I thought, "eh, probably doesn't mean anything (whistling!)" and I should have picked up on. There should be a list of what to do prior to watching a Hitchcock film/this class: 1. Turn off cell phone 2. Feed cat, send him for a nap. Ditto if you have children. 3. Tell boyfriend not to disturb unless he will watch film quietly 4. Get notepad, pens, water, snack ready 5 minutes prior to start of film. 5. Use restroom. 6. Tell friends and relations not to bother me from 7:55pm onward o
  6. I have a feeling I will be writing a somewhat different list in about 5 weeks... (Mine are in no particular order) To Catch a Thief North by Northwest Rebecca Rear Window Vertigo ...and Foreign Correspondent, Shadow of a Doubt, Rope, and (this is SO hard!)
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